August 25, 2016 – WFTV
After a nearly six-hour meeting Wednesday night, the DeBary City Council voted unanimously to kick it’s mayor out of office.
The vote came after the council found Clint Johnson violated the city’s charter.
In his opening statement during the meeting, Johnson’s attorney, Doug Daniels, called the hearing “bad for the city” and something that “flies in the face of democracy.”
But the clock is ticking for residents to elect a new mayor.
The city must elect a new mayor within 45 days after he is removed.
As comments went on during the meeting, members of the audience became more boisterous in their reactions, prompting Johnson to remind them about decorum expected at a public hearing.
“I understand this is an extremely tense and comical situation,” he said.
But the city and the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections said there is no way that can happen.
So they are looking at their options and dates to elect a new mayor.
Moments after the DeBary City Council unanimously voted to oust the mayor, Johnson told channel 9 that “now would be a perfect time to just announce my candidacy for mayor of DeBary. I fully intend to run.” [READ MORE]